PSG striker Lionel Messi shed tears of joy after scoring his 79th international goal on Thursday night, September 9 2021. He became South America's highest goalscoring footballer, a record once held by Pele.
Messi scored a hat-trick in Argentina's World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia in Buenos Aires, which placed him two goals ahead of Pele who retired with 77 goals.
The football stars ahead of Messi in the overall International goals in the South American continent is Marta with 109 goals and Cristiane with 96 goals.
After the covid break, this will be the first time the squad will celebrate the Copa America title won during the summer with fans in the stadium, making the whole jubilation a very emotional one for the living legend himself.
Messi in an interview after the match said he wanted to be able to enjoy the match. He continued by explaining how he waited for long before this eventually happened. It was a unique moment for him.
With tonight hat-trick, Messi now leads Luis Suarez in the South American Football Confederation men's World qualifying top scorer.
Messi now has 26 career goals in qualifying
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